War is hell, but AIDS remains our deadliest foe

first_imgDarfur is headline news – but actually, the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today is in southern Africa. I mean it. While the devastating effects of the three-year drought now appear to be receding, southern Africa is still crippled by a blight of cataclysmic proportions – the HIV/AIDS pandemic.So far, around a million people have died. This is the tip of the iceberg: with as many as one in three adults in some countries infected with the HIV virus, the deaths can only increase. There are already 11 million AIDS orphans in southern Africa; by 2010, this number is expected to swell to 20m. Imagine every child under five in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom losing their parents and you begin to get the picture.One of the worst aspects of HIV/AIDS is that it hits people at the most productive stage of their lives. Southern Africa is now losing teachers, doctors and civil servants at a faster rate than it can train them. The effect this has on social services is obviously devastating. In Africa as a whole, seven million farmers have so far died of AIDS – a much more lethal blow to agricultural production than any drought.Horrific as these statistics are, they do not seem to impress donors as much as the short-term, high-profile crises caused by conflict or natural disasters. There is, for understandable reasons, something of a fire-brigade mentality among donors. A big conflagration – such as Darfur – attracts generous donations. But getting funds for a long, smouldering, but far more destructive fire is a considerably more challenging task.So why is this so important for WFP? Because food aid can make a huge difference. For most people living with HIV/AIDS, drugs are still not available or affordable. But in the battle against HIV/AIDS, good nutrition can prolong their lives and keep them active and producing. And even for those fortunate enough to have access to anti-retroviral drugs, the medicine works better for the well nourished.There is also the fact that even in areas with the highest HIV prevalence, the vast majority of children between the ages of five and 15 are free of the virus. We need to do everything in our power to keep them that way. And while scientists continue to search for a vaccine and a cure for AIDS, the best hope we currently have is to keep children in school as long as possible. A recent World Bank study showed that young people with little or no education were twice as likely to contract HIV as those with a primary school education. The study also found that in comparison to children who do not go to school, those with an education were more likely to respond to HIV prevention campaigns and thus more likely to change behaviour that puts them at risk of contracting HIV. This is not to say that it is not serious – I saw for myself the horrendous plight of some two million people forced out of their homes, their livelihoods destroyed, women raped and whole families butchered. This dreadful injustice has rightly attracted the attention of the international press and world leaders.And WFP is there. So far, we are trucking and airlifting food aid to some 300,000 internally displaced people in the Darfur region and more than 100,000 refugees across the border in Chad. center_img There is, unfortunately, a tendency in some quarters to see Africa’s struggle with HIV/AIDS as “not our problem”. But we may soon encounter what amounts to societal meltdown. You can already see it in rural areas whose small communities are being abandoned and fields lie fallow. Children are raising other children and they are all lost and hungry.I therefore have one crucial message to our already generous donors and in particular to the newly expanded and booming European Union: thank you for the big donations for the emergencies that we all see on the evening news. But it is even more important to invest now in warding off this millennium’s most deadly scourge, before it is too late.James Morris is the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme and the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for southern Africa.last_img read more

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Where Some Earn Enmity, Jobs Won Affection

first_imgThe New York Times:Steven P. Jobs — domineering, short-tempered and anything but warm and fuzzy — has done something few business people in history have ever accomplished: engender genuine affection.His decision to step down as chief executive of Apple brought people to tears, inspired loving tributes to him on the Web and even had some adoring customers flocking to Apple stores on Thursday to share their sentiments with other fans of Macs, iPhones and iPads.“Through the mist in my eyes, I am having a tough time focusing on the screen of this computer,” wrote Om Malik, the prominent technology blogger. “I want to wake up and find it was all a nightmare.”Andrew Baughen, a church vicar from London who paused during his San Francisco vacation to shop at an Apple store after he heard the news, said he was praying for Mr. Jobs. Apple, he said, “is not a corporation. It’s more like a family, a movement. I’d like to meet him in heaven and say, ‘Thank you.’ ”Business leaders, whether fictional like Ebenezer Scrooge and Gordon Gekko or real like Rupert Murdoch or Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, are usually regarded with considerably less warmth, as rapacious rather than revered. “It’s unusual right here, right now, given that Americans’ feelings about business are just north of their feelings about Congress,” said Nancy F. Koehn, a historian at Harvard Business School.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Judge condemns ‘very confused’ evidence as multi-million fraud claim dismissed

first_imgA High Court judge has criticised as ‘expensive, elaborate and unmeritorious’ a claim alleging multi-million-pound fraud in a case in which the credibility of witnesses was also called into question.Mr Justice Knowles said the trial in Simetra Global Assets Limited and another v Ikon Finance Limited and others presented a ‘very confused and incomplete picture’ with ‘wholly unconvincing’ evidence.The dispute was brought by two investment funds against trading outfit Ikon Finance. It centred on ‘demo’ account balances in relation to foreign exchange trading activities on platforms made available by Ikon. Demo accounts, offered by trading platforms, are funded with fake money to help prospective customers experiment before deciding whether to set up a real account.Simetra and Richcroft, both based in the British Virgin Islands, claimed they understood that the demonstrations represented real money and that Ikon was liable for dishonest assistance in breaches of duty and trust, deceit and unlawful means conspiracy. They originally claimed over $370m (£283m) in damages but this subsequently reduced to $202m.In judgment, Knowles dismissed the claims and said the trial ‘has appeared to me little more than an elaborate and expensive, unmeritorious and now unsuccessful’ attempt to throw [the claimants’] responsibility onto the shoulders of the defendants.  Knowles described evidence from one of the directors, named as Mr Litinas, as ‘wholly unconvincing throughout’. Another witness, named as Ms Kitromilidou, who was described as holding ‘an administrative role’ with the claimants, gave ‘opportunistic evidence’, Knowles said.Brian Perrott, litigation partner at international firm HFW, which represented Ikon, said: ‘In my entire career as a litigator, I don’t think I have ever read such a definitive judgment.’A spokesperson for Ikon said: ’We have always maintained the claims brought against the company were without merit and groundless and we are pleased that this view has been reflected by the High Court judgment.’International firm DLA Piper, representing Simetra, confirmed it intends to appeal.HFW acted for several Ikon Group entities. The firm instructed Paul McGrath QC and James Sheehan of Essex Court Chambers. Simetra and Richcroft were represented by international firm DLA Piper which instructed Clive Freedman QC, Josephine Higgs and Philip Aspin of 7 King’s Bench Walk.last_img read more

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Tokyo 2020: Falcons Eye Outright Win Against Cote d’Ivoire

first_imgAfrican champions Nigeria will go for an outright win against Cote d’Ivoire in their Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament, African qualifying second round first leg clash in Abidjan on Thursday, according to Acting Head Coach Chris Danjuma.Danjuma told thenff.com on phone from the Ivorian capital on Wednesday that a win is non-negotiable as the Super Falcons want to make the return leg in Nigeria on Monday an easier session for themselves.“We know the Ivorians are a strong team; we could only beat them on penalties during the WAFU Cup of Nations. However, it is a new day and an altogether new contest on Thursday and we will go for an outright win.“The Super Falcons have the capacity to dominate and score goals that will make the second leg in Lagos a formality.”Thursday’s encounter will take place at the Stade Parc des Sports de Treichville, as from 3.30pm Ivorian time (4.30pm Nigeria).The Falcons, who are staying at the Grand Hotel in Abidjan will have a feel of the match venue during the official training scheduled for 3:30pm Ivorian time on Wednesday. World football–governing body, FIFA has appointed Togolese Vincentia Amedome as referee, with her compatriots Kossiwa Kpadenou, Abra Sitsofe Agbedanou and Edoh Kindedji as assistant referee 1, assistant referee 2 and fourth official respectively.Tempa Ndah from Benin Republic will serve as referee assessor while Fatoumata Guindo from Mali will be match commissioner.18 FALCONS IN ABIDJANGoalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie; Tochukwu OluehiDefenders: Ugochi Emenayo; Glory Ogbonna; Osinachi Ohale; Chidinma Okeke; Maryam Ibrahim; Ihuoma OnyebuchiMidfielders: Amarachi Okoronkwo; Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene; Regina Otu; Cecilia Nku; Chinaza UchenduForwards: Asisat Oshoala; Francisca Ordega; Gift Monday; Rafiat Sule; Rasheedat AjibadeRelatedTokyo 2020: Super Falcons Crash Out Of Olympics Games QualifiersOctober 7, 2019In “National Team”Tokyo 2020: Cote d’Ivoire Hold Ten-Woman Super Falcons To Barren DrawOctober 3, 2019In “National Team”Tokyo 2020: Super Falcons off to Abidjan on TuesdaySeptember 30, 2019In “National Team”last_img read more

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Arsenal reach agreement to sell player for €6m – After free…

first_imgArsenal have reached an agreement to sell Laurent Koscielny, report RMC on Tuesday morning. The defender has wanted to leave the club this summer and even refused to go on the Gunners’ preseason tour, trying to force them to release him from his contract.Everything was then made public and it was a messy situation for all involved.According to claims at the time, Koscielny had wanted to be allowed to move back to France for free, with his current deal then torn up. Arsenal, however, saw things differently, and believed they could get a fee for the central defender.RMC report Bordeaux will be paying the Premier League club €6m, so it certainly seems worth it for Arsenal to have stuck to their guns.Koscielny himself will be signing a three year contract, something which will take the 33 year old to likely the end of his career, and provide security for a longer period than his deal with Arsenal did.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前诞生的香港住民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 50? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題UndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「熔化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undolast_img read more

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